News Essentials: 9th July 2018

A brief summary of the essential family law news and cases from the last week:

Judge blasts social workers’ ‘wholly inappropriate’ record-keeping in case that saw family split for six months
Council advised to look at 'significant training improvements' for social workers after withdrawing care application due to flawed evidence. Full story: Community Care.

Government introduces bill to overhaul deprivation of liberty law in bid to save councils £200m
Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill will replace Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards with Liberty Protection Safeguards scheme designed to streamline system. Full story: Community Care.

Applications for legal aid supported by domestic or child abuse increase by 21 per cent
Applications granted rise by 14 per cent. Full story: Family Law Week.

‘Deprivation of liberty’ should be defined in law to limit caseloads and family intrusion, say MPs and peers
Parliament should legislate for a statutory definition of deprivation of liberty to limit the number of people whose restrictive care arrangements require legal authorisation because they lack capacity to consent, an influential committee of MPs and peers have said. Full story: Community Care.

Mantegazza v Mantegazza [2017] EWHC 3811 (Fam) (05 May 2017)
Application by husband pursuant to section 5(6) and paragraph 9 of Schedule 1 to the Domicile and Matrimonial Proceedings Act 1973 for a discretionary stay of divorce proceedings commenced in England by the wife. Full report: Bailii.

The Child and Family Agency (Ireland) v M & Ors [2018] EWHC 1581 (Fam) (22 June 2018)
Application by the Child and Family Agency of Ireland for transfer of care proceedings from the courts of Ireland to the courts of Wales. Full report: Bailii.

M v F & Ors [2018] EWHC 1720 (Fam) (16 February 2018)
Wardship proceedings in which the mother alleged that she had been stranded by the father in Pakistan with one of the four children, since August 2017. Full report: Bailii.

RVH v TF (Non Hague Convention: Refusal of Summary Return) [2018] EWHC 1680 (Fam) (14 June 2018)
Application by father seeking summary return to Ivory Coast of two children. Full report: Bailii.

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